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Makerere Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu (5th L) and Uppsala Vice Chancellor Prof. Eva Akesson (4th L) pose with members of the Uppsala delegation and Makerere University Management after the dialogue, 29th November 2013, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaOn 29th November 2013, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu hosted a delegation from Uppsala University, Sweden led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eva Akesson.

The two institutions held a dialogue aimed at expanding the existing collaboration to university-wide institutional model that will encompass the undergraduate, master, postgraduate and research programmes.

This dialogue started in December 2012 when the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu led a delegation that visited Uppsala University. Thus the return visit from Uppsala University symbolised the readiness by both institutions to take this collaboration to a whole new strategic direction.

 

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copperbelt-universityMakerere University has signed an MoU with the Copperbelt University in Zambia, to collaborate in the areas of joint research and publications and also engage in student/staff exchanges. A three-team delegation from Copperbelt University, comprising of Prof. Owen Sichane, Dr. John Makumba Kangwa and Mr. Mwala Sheba, visited Makerere University on the 21st October 2014 and witnessed the MoU signing. The Makerere UniversityVice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu was represented by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe, who also doubles as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration. The Makerere University Legal Officer, Goddy Muhumuza, also witnessed the signing.

"Copperbelt University is strong in the area of mine engineering partly because of our location in the center of a copper belt. We would like to learn from Makerere University in a number of things," explained Prof. Owen Sichane – the delegation head.

The Acting Vice Chancellor was pleased that Copperbelt University had taken this initiative and pledged maximum support towards the successful implementation of the collaboration. "This initiative is in line with the Makerere University Internationalisation agenda. We are particularly pleased that we will be collaborating with an African University. This is the desirable paradigm shift where Universities on the continent are encouraged to collaborate with one another for the good of Africa," he said.

Dr. Nawangwe was optimistic that Makerere University stands to benefit from the mining experience of Copperbelt University, in the wake of increased mineral exploration in Uganda. "We have a lot of mineral reserves in this country, so there is mutual benefit for us all in the collaboration," he added.

The delegation then proceeded to the College of Natural Sciences, CoNAS, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CHUSS, to cement the collaboration.

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Tottori cements relationship in second Mak visit

A delegation of five from Tottori University, Japan visited Makerere University between 2nd – 7th October 2013 to follow up on the progress of the first batch of Japanese students sent to Makerere, and to also explore other avenues of strengthening the collaboration between the two universities. This is the second visit by Tottori University, following an earlier one in October 2012, during which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Makerere University.

The delegates first paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, who was represented by the Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe. Dr. Nawangwe is the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance and Administration (DVC F/A).Senior Advisor to the President Tottori University Dr. Honna Toshimasa receives a gift from Assoc. Prof. Nawangwe

The leader of the delegation, Prof. Toshimasa Honna, delivered a special message from the President of the University who was unable to come due to other equally important commitments. He pointed out that Makerere University was the first African University to collaborate with Tottori University, and also the first to receive their students.

He emphasized that the details of programmes offered at Tottori will be advertised for Makerere University students to apply, to enable development of a meaningful exchange programme. He outlined some of the available opportunities including the ABE (Africa Business Education) Initiative under the Government of Japan where students can apply for support to take internship in Japan; by University recommendation- which involves students applying for internship and getting a Supervisor then Tottori University recommends that student to JICA for support; and the MEXT Scholarship offered by the Ministry of Education of Japan. The aim of this scholarship is to increase the number of African students going to Japan and vice versa. Under this scheme, the Japanese Government will accept 1200 young graduates from Africa for a two year masters programme and 6 months internship. Makerere students can apply to do research in Japanese Universities. (Information about the scholarships is available at the JICA offices and the Japanese Embassy) also visit the link below www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/mext.html or www.mext.go.jp/english/highered/1303739.htm

In his remarks, the Acting Vice Chancellor emphasized the direction the University has embarked on for internationalization of her programmes and curriculum. " I am glad that the collaboration started with exchange of students because this bonds the collaboration and gives it sustainability," he said.

The delegation then proceeded to other Colleges of Makerere University to interact with the College Administration. At the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CHUSS, the delegation learnt that this College has a long tradition of working with the international community through interpretation and translation services offered to government institutions like Courts of Laws, Ministries, parastatals, and embassies. The School of Languages is the only authorized translator of Government documents. They also learnt that the College is a Centre of Excellence in teaching international languages. The College welcomed Tottori University to collaborate in teaching the Japanese language through exchange of staff. The Dean of the School of Women and Genders Studies, Dr. Consolata Kabonesa, revealed that Ms. Saki Fuji was the first exchange student from Japan to join the School.

At the College of Business and Management Sciences, COBAMS, the delegation was received by the Acting Deputy Principal, Dr. Hisali Eria. He appealed to the delegation to make their visit a starting point for collaboration with the College by linking it to Schools or Departments in Tottori. He made the following suggestions towards the collaboration: strengthening of student exchanges; embarking on collaborative research projects; and Staff exchanges – especially in lecturing postgraduate classes and also in building capacity of staff in the College. CoBAMS is fitted with State-of-the Art technologies, including a video conferencing studio which will be handy in enabling the sharing of information. The Deputy Principal emphasized to the visitors that they were partnering with the right people and it was important to avail Makerere with details of the available scholarships to enable student mobility.tottori-univeristy-flag

At the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, the Director, Prof Buyinza, highlighted Makerere University's focus on internationalization. "With Tottori University coming on board, it translates into expansion of our network," he added.

The delegation earmarked Makerere as the academic hub for Africa partnerships. The available opportunities include (a) Intra ACP Student Mobility Scheme already advertised in the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training and through the (b) ABE Initiative supported by JICA.

At the College of Health Sciences, CHS, the delegation was received by the Deputy Principal, Prof. Celestino Obua and the Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, Dr Jackson Orem. " There is need to look at the curriculum and the grading system used in Tottori University to see how our students can fit in your system. CHS is very much interested in research collaboration and joint supervision of postgraduate students," said Prof. Obua.

Prof. Kurimasa on his part gave a brief about TU and mentioned that TU had four faculties namely; Faculty of Regional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering. He said that TU was interested in research in Tropical diseases especially of malaria parasites, HIV, Cancer treatment, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. The Principal added that Uganda was a fertile ground for research and advised that the collaboration kicks off with a Research Agreement where a proposal can be written jointly and funding applied for from the Japanese Government.

The National Cancer Institute, under the Ministry of Health, is responsible for the control and treatment of cancer. The Director of the Cancer Institute outlined their activities and pointed out three major areas of interest with Tottori University including Research – developing capacity especially infrastructure for researches to be done here in Uganda; Hands-on technological transfer in the area of cancer care and Biomedical Engineering – expertise in handling cancer medical equipments. The delegation toured the Cancer Institute.

The delegation wound up its tour at MUARIK – Kabanyolo, where they visited the Plant Tissue and the Bio-Engineering Laboratories. The visit extended to NaCRRI (National Crops Resources Research Institute) and the Rice Development Centre at Namulonge. These are both research centres. The Rice Development Centre was started and donated by the Japanese Government and is fully supported by JICA. Students from Tottori University come to these centres for a three months period to conduct research.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 October 2013 09:14 )
 

Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu meets International students

Vice Chancellor meeting international studentsThe Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu, has advised international students to maximize their time at Makerere University and leave a legacy worth reckoning with. The VC was speaking to international students of the 2013/2014 intake on Tuesday 18th September 2013 ahead of their academic stay in Makerere University. "You are here to study, use your time well. Set the goals you want to achieve and work towards their realization. This institution has nurtured and continues to nurture many of the prominent people in our society and beyond," he emphasized.

The VC also encouraged the students to work hard at their studies and a void retakes, which carry financial implications. The event was organized by the International Office. The Senior Administrative Assistant and Head of the International Office, Martha Muwanguzi, cautioned the students to be security conscious during their stay in and outside the University; and asked them to always consult the International Office for any queries.

One of the International StudentsThe Head of Undergraduate Admissions and Records Division (Academic Registra's Department), Charles Ssentongo, asked the students to familiarize with the guidelines that accrue to their status as either short or long term students; and avoid dodging lectures. The meeting was also attended by William Sserunjogi of the International Office, Margadelene Kalungi from the Office of the Dean of Students, Joyce Nyiramahoro from the Academic Registrar's Department and representatives from the Students' Guild. The meeting was quite interactive with international students asking pertinent issues including inquiries on how they can go about processing their documents and getting involved in extra-curricular activities.

Makerere University admits about 600 international students from all over the world annually as part of the wider strategy on Internationalization of Makerere University. Away from the students who enroll through direct admission, some international students come in as part of ongoing exchange programmes between Makerere University and partner Universities both in the region and beyond.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 September 2013 07:33 )
 
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